The Art of Death

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Pub Date 16 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 1 Oct 2021

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AN INTENSELY CREEPY SERIAL KILLER THRILLER DEBUT, FOR FANS OF CHRIS CARTER, M. W. CRAVEN AND THE WHISPER MAN. London's latest art installation is a real killer . . . An underground artist leaves three glass cabinets in Trafalgar Square that contain a gruesome installation: the corpses of three homeless men. With the artist promising more to follow, newly-promoted Detective Inspector Grace Archer and her caustic DS, Harry Quinn, must race against time to follow what few clues have been left by a savvy killer. As more bodies are exhibited at London landmarks and live streamed on social media, Archer and Quinn's pursuit of the elusive killer becomes a desperate search. But when Archer discovers that the killer might be closer than she originally thought - she realises that he has his sights set firmly on her . . . He is creating a masterpiece. And she will be the star of his show.

AN INTENSELY CREEPY SERIAL KILLER THRILLER DEBUT, FOR FANS OF CHRIS CARTER, M. W. CRAVEN AND THE WHISPER MAN. London's latest art installation is a real killer . . . An underground artist...

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"Fennell can write up a storm" - James Patterson

"Fennell can write up a storm" - James Patterson

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The Art of Death by David Fennell is a chilling, macabre debut, and an excellent start to a new police procedural series involving D.I. Grace Archer and DS harry Quinn. It’s newly promoted D.I. Grace Archer first day at Charing cross Police station and she thought she would have a quite first day. But she is called to some art exhibits that have been left in a public area for all the world to see by anonymous artist. The exhibit is also been streamed online on social media to get the reaction of his audience and he tells them there are more to come. No one saw who put them there they just appeared out of nowhere. At first glance they just look mannequins in glass cases but when you look closer, they are bodies of dead men floating in formaldehyde. Later, they find out they are bodies of three homeless men that have disappeared in the last couple of weeks. DI Archer has big case on her hands. Not only worried about the case but, she also wants to make a good impression to her new boss and colleagues. Thankyou Bonnier for a copy of this book. This is a gory and dark police procedural which a unique storyline. If you don’t like a gory storyline this isn’t for you. I really enjoyed this, and I can’t wait to see how the series develops. 5 stars from me.

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What an absolutely intriguing story, one with a such a unique plot, I don't think I've read anything like it before! We start with a bang, and only go up from there! This guy is creepy. He has set his sights on the residents of London and will stop at nothing to get his 'art' seen by all. It has all the makings of a series, with the usual set up of characters and enough back story to fill you in for this book but leave you wanting to know more. I found the crimes to be shocking but not gratuitous, and the procedural element of the book well researched and laid out. Police procedurals are my favourite sub genre of crime books and this one definitely hit the spot. I very much enjoyed reading this one and will be looking forward to any future offerings. Recommended to fans of crime thrillers, serial killer thrillers, police procedurals.

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Fantastic debut!! A gripping hunt for a wannabe artist serial killer. I hope this is the first one of a long series as the writing is engaging, the characters relatable and human and the plot solid and thrilling. Fans of early Patricia Cornwell will find the style similar and just as good if not better. A perfect book for thriller lovers.

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I was intrigued by the description of this book and as it has comparisons to Chris Carter it was a must read. I was not disappointed by this book it grabs you from the first pages and does not let up until the end. The teams are brilliant and you really feel a relationship building with them and care about what happens to them. I did not guess all the twists and turns of the book and the lead Detectives backstory is certainly an interesting one and one that shows her vulnerability and strength. This will be one of the must read books of 2021 and I will certainly be following this author from now on highly recommended.

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Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review. This is a fantastic debut and magnificent crime thriller. I read 2 debuts over the weekend and can forsee 2021 as a good year for books! Incredibly clever and fresh voice but also the concept behind the plot. Eerie and chilling! This gets under your skin and lingers in your mind. My children are budding artists so was fascinating to read a darker side of art. Be warned once you start you wont stop so cancel your plans. Addictive and compelling reading. Highly recommend and can see it flying off the shelves. Perfect for fans of m craven and Helen fields. Published February 4th

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